Starvation Creek Trail


Length of Hike: 6.5 miles to Marshall Pass

Difficulty Level: Difficult

This trail is an out and back trail (9.2 miles round trip) in the dark forest and deep recess of Starvation Creek Canyon. Don’t let this name dissuade you as it refers to cattle that starved as a result of a blizzard and heavy snow.   It is used mostly from June to October for hiking, trail running, and biking.   At times the trail becomes steep and rough dropping quickly through Starvation Creek Drainage.  Camping is permitted off trail which abounds with interesting rocks. Dogs are allowed on this trail as water is abundantly available.


Directions to Starvation Creek

From Salida, drive south of Poncha Springs on Hwy 285 for 5 miles to Mears Junction (CR200).  Turn right on CR 200 and continue 3.2 miles to where the road crosses CR 203. The trail begins on the left side of that crossing. (50-minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort)

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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